JENNIFER GARNER has given full credit to fellow celebrity mom HALLE BERRY for successfully campaigning for new paparazzi harassment laws, confessing she and husband BEN AFFLECK never thought such legislation would be passed in California.
The pregnant Monster's Ball star grew tired of the snappers who followed her everywhere and took shots of her young daughter Nahla as she left school - and she decided to do something about the problem.
She recruited Garner, a mother of three, to testify in August (13) in support of Senate Bill 606, which imposes tougher penalties on cameramen who constantly tail public figures and their kids, and also makes it easier for parents to sue for damages over harassment.
The two moms had cause for celebration last week (24Sep13) when the law was officially passed.
Garner admits she and actor/director Affleck had seriously considered moving out of California in an effort to escape the paparazzi before Berry waged war on the snappers and stepped up her political lobbying.
In an interview with breakfast show Today, Garner says, "This is all about Halle. I have to say, my husband and I, as much as we have wished for this, we truly were resigned to thinking that this was never gonna happen.
"We had looked at all different things: moving out of California, you know, all manners of things. I think that there's an idea, that because our pictures are everywhere, that we're complicit in it, when really what happens is they're waiting outside our door every single day. I can't go to the mailbox without getting my picture taken.
"What we're hoping is our kids' day-to-day experience will not be of really aggressive men yelling and screaming five feet from their faces. My kids take karate, for example, and we have our classes at the same time every week, so the guys know when we have karate and so 20 of them wait there for us, every single class. So that's a lot of energy coming at little, little kids."